National Port System
Panama has a network of seaports that provide a variety of services to containerized, bulk, liquid and general cargo, as well as to passengers in cruise terminals. Panamanian seaports in the National Port System (NPS) are divided into two groups: state ports and private ports.
- Bocas Fruit Co., Almirante
- Colon Container Terminal
- Colon Port Terminal
- PTP Charco Azul
- Manzanillo International Terminal
- Panama International Terminal (PSA)
- Panama Ports Co. Balboa
- Panama Ports Co. Cristobal
- Pedregal (Chiriqui Port Company)
- Petro America Terminal, S.A. (PATSA)
- PTP Rambala, Chiriqui Grande
- Terminal Decal, Isla Taboguilla
- Terminal Granelero, Bahia Las Minas
- Terminal Petrolera, Bahia Las Minas
- Terminal Samba Bonita, Bahia Las Minas
- Colón 2000, Terminal Cruceros
- Desarrollo Posicional (Muelle 16 Cristobal)
- Fuerte Amador Resort y Marina, S.A.
- Melones Oil Terminal, Inc.
- Telfer Tanks
- Boca Parita
- Bocas del Toro, Isla Bocas
- El Agallito
- La Palma
- Mercado del Marisco
- Muelle Fiscal, Almirante
- Muelle Fiscal, Panama
- Chiriquí Grande (Muelle Fiscal)
By leveraging the geographical position of Panama as the country´s most important asset, several ports surrounding the Atlantic and Pacific entrances of the Panama Canal have specialized in the handling of containerized cargo converting the cluster in a transshipment hub.
Panama has several containerized seaports in the Atlantic area mainly serving the East Coast of North and South America, and the Caribbean: Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT), Cristobal and Colon Container Terminal (CCT). At the Pacific area, it also has terminals that provide container handling services: Balboa and PSA (Panama International Terminal). The Balboa and Cristóbal terminals are operated by Panama Ports Company, a member of Hutchinson Port Holdings.
In addition, the Bocas Fruit Co. terminal in Almirante, located at the northwestern part of Panama in the province of Bocas del Toro, performs commercial activities of containerized cargo primarily focused on bananas exports.